Elect Sam Toll For County Commissioner

Storey County Taxable Sales Continue Nosedive

December 2018 Report Shows Twelfth Consecutive Monthly Decline

Nevada Department of Taxation released the monthly numbers for December 2018 yesterday. As we have been reporting, things have pretty much come to a standstill at TRIC.

At this point, we all see the picture. The growth at TRIC has come to an end. We shouldn’t expect to see increased action at TRIC for the foreseeable future. Until Jeffrey Burns and Lance Gilman start to invest in the opportunity zone Commissioner Gilman created at Lyon County’s expense, things are pretty much done at TRIC.

Getting a Zip Code Was Easier Than They Told Us

However, this months report contains data that should be troubling to the County. County officials described the tireless work our Washington D.C. lobbyist worked on to create a special Zip Code for TRIC. The new Zip Code will allow us to capture sales tax revenue lost to Washoe County.

Storey County pays $6000 a month for the Porter Group to lobby for the County in Washington D.C. The Porter Group is working on the Land Bill designed to help us to clear up land titles. They also worked on the Zip Code bill. According to County legend, the Porter Group toiled away at the Zip Code effort for years to no avail.

The Commissioners would provide frustrated updates on the lack of results on the Zip Code effort at Commission Meetings. Jack McGuffey at one point threw up his hands at the lack of progress noting that the change “would take a literal act of Congress” to accomplish.

Then one day in August of 2018, Dean Heller was having a conversation with a Senator from North Carolina who told him he did that sort of thing all time. Congress acted in September of 2018 and TRIC’s new Zip Code went into effect on October 11th, according to the United States Postal Service.

Zip Code Not Showing Expected Increase

With only three months of data to consider, it’s too early to tell if the Zip Code hasn’t panned out. However, in the first three months, we haven’t seen the expected bump. Based on what we have been led to believe by  Commissioner Gilman and County Manager Pat Whitten, we should have seen a marked increase in Taxable Sales figures. This is not yet the case.


December’s figure of $45,786,872 puts us on 53% behind last year.

Storey County taxpayers were told the only way companies like Switch, Tesla and Google would be able to grow is by “investing ” in a pipeline with them. Hopefully, our “investment” will pan out. Time will tell.

Stay Tuned

And now a word from our sponsor: This article contains information you simply won’t see in the county “paper of record”. Please feel free to show your support by clicking on the header at the top of the article and contributing to our legal defense fund. We appreciate your support.

Elect Sam Toll For County Commissioner

About Sam Toll

Sam Toll is a native of Gold Hill and returned home in 2016 after 35 years in the Sacramento Valley. He enjoys old cars and loud music. And writing.

Check Also

Will Special Interests Control Storey County for the Next Four Years?

Special Interest Money Dominates Storey County Commissioner Races As the first weekend of early voting …

One comment

  1. ​​
    Sam Toll, 2/2/19
    OK, I am curious.
    What kind of tax rate does it take to get reasonable taxes coming into Storey.. with
    the charts above showing ov​​er $300,000,000 of TRIC “taxable sales” reported
    for just the last 6 months?
    Or does it all relate back to that $BILLION dollars of govt tax kick-back thingee that
    Nevada cronies gave Tesla/Musk/TRIC on Sept 2, 2014?
    BTW – do you know some of the things that are being sold over there to generate
    $300,000,000 in just 1/2 year?
    Sam DNA Dehne
    Any idea how those Pork Barrel permeated Opportunity Zones are being scarfed up..
    and by whom?
    I see them being propagandizeably promoted at the Reno and Washoe govt
    meetings every other week. ​
    What a shame it continues to be that Nicole Barde did not get elected to the commission. Was it vote rigging that caused her “loss”.. or ignorance on the part of the voters.
    Almost forgot to let folks know how Sam DNA hasn’t lost his
    “love” for Reno media: (click) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHqGFDFjaTg

If you have something to say, say it here!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: